The brand new Freddie Mercury film has already been slammed – for failing to show potential audiences any of his gay relationships.
After the first teaser trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody dropped online, disappointed fans accused movie-makers of "het-washing" the Queen rocker’s life story by deliberately leaving out his flings with men.
Instead, the trailer shows several moments of his flirtation with his long-term partner Mary Austin, played by Lucy Boynton.
Many fans took issue with the phrasing around his cause of death, which happened on November 24 1991 just one day after he went public with his Aids diagnosis.
Writer Bryan Fuller blasted production company 20th Century Fox for using the phrase "life-threatening illness" in its YouTube description of the trailer.
He tweeted: "DEAR 20TH CENTURY FOX… Yes, it was a life-threatening illness, but more specifically it was AIDS. From having gay sex with men. Do better. # HETWASHING # BohemianRapsody ."
He added: "ANYONE ELSE MILDLY ANNOYED (enough to tweet about it) THAT THE BohemianRapsody TRAILER FEATURES GAY/BI SUPERSTAR FREDDIE MERCURY FLIRTING WITH AND TWIRLING WITH A WOMAN BUT NO INDICATION OF HIS LOVE OF MEN?"
The 1.37-minute trailer shows just a split-second glimpse of Freddie touching an unidentified man’s hand and makes no reference to his tragic death.
Twitter user Calvin Stowell was also infuriated by the trailer, writing: "Mmmmm the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer sure has a lot of shots with Freddie Mercury with women…"
And when many pointed out that Freddie was bisexual, others flocked to argue the trailer so far had only focused on his flirtations with women.
Freddie was with Mary from 1970 before coming out to her in 1976. The pair remained firm friends, however, and Freddie bought her a home in London where she could stay near him.
He was appointed godfather to her son Richard and Mary made sure she was with him throughout the painful last months of his life, sharing his remaining time with Freddie’s subsequent life parter Jim Hutton.
Freddie once said of Mary: "All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace [her], but it’s simply impossible. The onlyfriend Ive got is Mary and I don’t want anybody else. To me, she was my common law wife. To me, it was a marriage. We believe in each other, that’s enough for me."
He also left her his 28-room Kensington Home, telling Mary in his will: "You would have been my wife, and it would have been yours anyway."
Freddie died wearing the wedding ring Jim had given him. Sadly, Jim was diagnosed with HIV in 1990 and died in 2010.
Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek as Freddie, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon.
It hits cinemas on October 24 2018.
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